Rewrite indexed file in openvms with length more than 255..

December 13, 2012 at 23:51:53
Specs: Windows XP
i am using write/update it is giving below error

%DCL-W-TKNOVF, command element is too long - shorten
\660aCurrently Under Processing 2

when i am using write /symbol file

it is writing new line in file instead of updating existing. Please advice

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December 14, 2012 at 05:50:10
There are a few issues here.

1) What version of OpenVMS are you using. The limits change depending on version.

2) There is not enough info here to be 100% certain about the problem.

For a start:

DCL symbol substition happens prior to the actual write. From the message you posted, it would appear that the result of that substitution exceeds the maximum length of a symbol. This can be addressed a number of ways again depending upon the OpenVMS version.

Please update this with the version information and a small reproducer and further details and potential solutions can be provided.


P.S. From the HELP/MESSAGE command:

An element (that is, any string placed between two delimiters) in the command line exceeds the maximum length of 255 bytes.

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